You may not have the control to lengthen your life, but you can do much to deepen it.Frank Sonnenberg
Execupundit’s Michael Wade offers an excerpt from the Little Book of Stoicism:
No tree becomes deep-rooted and sturdy unless strong winds blow against it. This shaking and pulling is what makes the tree tighten its grip and plant its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those grown in a sunny valley. “Why then,” asks Seneca, “do you wonder that good men are shaken…
Dip into these insights and reminders from Nicholas Bate…
Play more music, more often. It can only make you feel better.
The deepest thinking coincides with the most brisk of walking. Rain or shine.
Whatever you do, do it well. You feel good and you become indispensable.
This from chef Rick Stein’s Secret France.
In passing Stein remarks that in France, rather than asking “What do you do?”, people ask “What’s your métier?”—literally, what are you master of?
We should all aspire to be masters of our chosen profession.
I’m pretty sure it was episode 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8sb .
Actor Daniel Craig, interviewed in the Sunday Times and asked: When did people start to care what others thought?
It’s social media. There is a constant looking, in life, for approval, and it really jars with me. But I’m a 51-year-old man. Nobody listens to me. Or they will stop listening to me sooner rather than later, so it doesn’t really matter what I think. But I grew up when punk rock was on the scene. You want approval? That’s anathema to me. It doesn’t make any sense to me — in art. It’s anti-art. It’s anti-creativity.
Image: UNITED ARTISTS/COLUMBIA PICTURES
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The reason I’m here, the reason I was born, the reason I’m on this earth, is to write songs.
Joan Armatrading, Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I [57:45]
Admire the clarity of purpose. Joan Armatrading speaking right at the end of this fascinating documentary on BBC4.Continue reading “Clarity: the reason I’m here…”
Be more wolf, less sheep, with Nicholas Bate…
7. more wolf
8. less sheep
9. (although no reason
10. -no reason at all-
11. why you can’t be a
12. nice wolf.)
13. But how?
14. Read so much you can out-think anyone;
15. Think so much you can out-solve anything;
16. Solve so much you know exactly the Life you want.
17. Write so much you tumble with ideas;
The wolf vs. sheep debate reminds me of this cartoon from Hugh MacLeod at Gaping Void (a copy of which hangs over my desk)…
…with Nicholas Bate.
This is well worth a read.
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